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Smart Talk: Authors of "Stabbed in the Heart: Three Murdered Children, Two Resilient Mothers"

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 1, 2014 12:54 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, January 2, 2014:

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Lynn Shiner and Nancy Chavez have experienced the kind of pain and grief very few people can even fathom.  Lynn and Nancy's children were murdered.

Lynn's young kids Jen and Dave were killed by their father, who then took his own life, on Christmas Day 1994.

Nancy's only child -- her daughter Randi Trimble -- was murdered in a bizarre plot hatched by Randi's husband and a friend of his to collect insurance money that would finance a horror movie.

Both women were devastated by the loss of their children, but both also became active to help victims of crime and their families.

Now they have written a book -- Stabbed in the Heart: Three Murdered Children, Two Resilient Mothers.  The book can be ordered at

Shiner and Chavez appear on Thursday's program along with co-author Nancy Eshelman, a veteran columnist with the Patriot-News.


From left to right: Nancy Chavez, Lynn Shiner and Nancy Eshelman

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  • Lynn Shiner img 2014-01-02 13:25

    Please include that the book is available at or at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. 100% of the profits will go to help victims of crime and children.